Per owner Bethany Andrée, Bobo’s is less of a restaurant and more of a “community tasting room,” serving local snacks like egg rolls from Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs, edamame hummus from Fat Belly Pretzels, produce from VRDNT Farms, and more. The one scratch-made item is masa cakes, a passion project of her husband and co-owner Karl Gilkey. To drink, there is beer, wine, and cocktails as well as coffee, tea, and sodas. Everything is sourced within 100 miles of Austin.
Andrée and Gilkey leased the Airport Boulevard space, which was formerly a car dealership, in 2018, but faced delays from the extensive renovations and personal challenges. Eventually, Andrée, an artist/designer, took over as general contractor. “The only reason we decided to pursue another hospitality venture is because of this very specific property,” Andrée tells Eater, The resulting space has an eclectic retro living room feel, with art from local artists Laurie Frick and Sherri Bingham, a small retail space, and a patio with fire pits and tiki torches.
The first Bobo’s Snack Bar opened at the Austin Motel on South Congress in 2009, inspired by a European restaurant of the same name. The name was later shortened to just Snack Bar. Snack Bar closed in 2016 due to restaurant crowding on South Congress. That restaurant space is now home to Mcguire Moorman Lambert Hospitality (formerly McGuire Moorman Hospitality) restaurant Joann’s Fine Foods.
Bobo’s is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, for on-site service, with a patio area. The website notes that the staff is fully vaccinated.